Film/Video-Based Therapy

Video and FIlmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice Edited by Joshua L Cohen and J. Lauren Johnson with Penelope Orr and a Foreword by Cathy Malchiodi

For a free webinar on this book: please visit www.yourdigitalstorytellingproject.com

This website is intended to create a collaboration between filmmakers, psychologists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and art therapists in forming a discussion about the use of film and video based therapy. The content of the webpage is intended to be an appendix to the book Film and Video as Therapy:Research and Practice, to be published by Routledge in 2015. To order the book, please visit the following website

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138781429/

 

In addition to promoting the book to help raise awareness of this intervention, we hope to gain feedback on the blog by facilitating communications with those interested in fostering the growth of this concept through questions, concerns, and/or ideas.  

 

 

Please feel free to explore the space within the webpage and ask questions on the blog.

 

This interactive space is meant to stir up questions as well as to inspire creativity and rethinking what it means to be a creative therapist

 

The use of film and video in/as therapy has a decades-long history in practice. Early work in this field included the post-World War II use of experimental, non-narrative films to calm veterans suffering from shell shock, and the 1970s saw boys in a group creating short films together to foster group cohesion, mastery skills, and better communication. With the advent of portable video equipment in the 1970s, female artists began turning the camera on themselves, making them the object of their own gaze. The precursor to the selfie’ Despite this fact, there is a dearth of literature on the theory and practice of using film/video production as therapy and the multidisciplinary practitioners who support its use. Copious literature exists discussing the use of several related media in a therapeutic context, such as photography, writing, drawing, music, and drama, but this body of literature is virtually vacant of film/video as a therapeutic medium. Despite the fact that there is little writing in this area, numerous practitioners from around North America and Europe are quietly working in this area – often independently, as the community of practitioners in this field is still quite small and geographically scattered. In an effort to build community among film/video-based therapy practitioners, and to introduce our work to others in our broader practice and research communities, we introduce this edited book on the theory and practice of film/video-based therapy. Representing the fields of anthropology, psychology, and art therapy, and perspectives as diverse as psychodynamic theory, and narrative theory, this book is the quintessential introductory resource for film/video-based therapy. This anthology is intended as an introductory foundation for the broad array of work we do in this exciting field, and is intended to introduce, justify, and explicate our practice to a broader audience.

Dedication

I would like to dedicate this book to the spirit of collaboration, starting with my wife and our little ones. Without her support, insight, emotional availability, financial support, and love, this book would not be possible. I would also like to dedicate this to the teachers, professors,  and role models who inspired me, especially Dr. Solomon who presented on Cinematherapy® at Colorado College in 1997 and his continued support over the years.  As special thanks to those we’ve lost along the way including James Hillman who witnessed my growth as a psychologist and a human being at Pacifica Graduate Institute.   -JC

I would like to dedicate this book to the people who supported and inspired me during the long process of bringing this all together: my incredibly supportive partner, Andy Cookson; my beloved children, Sophia and Jonah; and, the countless clients, research participants, supervisors, and community members who courageously supported my proposals to bridge the gap between film/video and psychology, even when nobody knew where it would lead.  – LJ






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